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Authentic & Original San Pedro Long Dance on the Equinox/Pilgrimage to Island of the Sun

Event Highlights

  • Before the dance all dancers paint a banner where they materialize their intention for the dance: What it is they want to leave behind in their lives, what they want to call into their lives and what their wishes are for others and the world at large. Prayer ties of tobacco are made with strong intention and hung around the dance arbor along with the prayer banners, as offerings to the six directions, so that the dance will be wreathed in prayer. After the dance these tobacco ties are placed in the central ceremonial fire as an offering to the Great Mystery, releasing the prayers of the dance to the world.
  • Traditionally we dance all night around a fire within a circlular enclosure; half the night in one direction (clockwise) , the other in the opposite direction (counter-clockwise), working the spirals of energy to first go deep within where matter implodes and we are purified of that which we wish to leave behind in our lives, and then when we change to the upward spiral, we send forth prayers and blessings to the universe and also receive them, as our wishes for the future are potentiated and realized through the energy we set in motion through our dance steps.

About This Event

Welcome to the Original San Pedro Long Dance, Inspired by Spirit and kept in Sacredness, Respect and Beauty for the last 20 years by the Sacha Runa Community in Bolivia, and shared with many people from all over the world who have experienced its Mystery, its Magic, its Healing, its Profound Connection with Spirit and its Transformative and Liberating Potential, not just for the Dancers and Their Families, but for the Benefit of All Beings. (contact info blocked)

The Long Dance ceremony is brought to us by Beautiful Painted Arrow (Joseph Rael) Native American Medicine man, Visionary, Mystic and author from the Souther Ute and Picuri Pueblo Native Nations. The San Pedro Long Dance Ceremony is a variation created by Miguel A. Kavlin, Bolivian Shaman and apprentice to Beautiful Painted Arrow, who named him the caretaker and chief of the Bolivian Sun-moon Dance and S.P. Long Dance which has been danced for eighteen years now. Presently it is carried by only  authorized Sacha Runa Shamans, who have received the Blessing, Empowerement of Spirit and the Authorization of the Lineage Holder,to perform it with true love, surrender and devotion, in Honor, Truth and Beauty.

Before the dance all dancers paint a banner where they materialize their intention for the dance: What it is they want to leave behind in their lives, what they want to call into their lives and what their wishes are for others and the world at large. Prayer ties of tobacco are made with strong intention and hung around the dance arbor along with the prayer banners, as offerings to the six directions, so that the dance will be wreathed in prayer. After the dance these tobacco ties are placed in the central ceremonial fire as an offering to the Great Mystery, releasing the prayers of the dance to the world.

Traditionally we dance all night around a fire within a circlular enclosure; half the night in one direction (clockwise) , the other in the opposite direction (counter-clockwise), working the spirals of energy to first go deep within where matter implodes and we are purified of that which we wish to leave behind in our lives, and then when we change to the upward spiral, we send forth prayers and blessings to the universe and also receive them, as our wishes for the future are potentiated and realized through the energy we set in motion through our dance steps.

The earth we take out from the fire pit in the middle is placed in front of the entrance on the eastern side of the circle enclosure, and becomes the earth altar, where we place offerings, flowers, cornmeal and candles, and where dancers can go pray anytime during the dance.

We dance from sun down to sunrise mostly without stopping. Dancers many times will enter into deep healing processes and may feel the need to rest but are asked to continue dancing if not for them selves for all sentient beings. Dancers often spend time in reflection and prayer at the fire and at the Earth alter giving offerings in deep communion with spirit. Each dancer is welcome to play instruments or sing while they move around the fire in one or another direction.

Before the San Pedro Long Dance Ceremony we prepare a burnt-offering ceremony in the Andean tradition, to propitiate the Great Spirit, the Grandfathers and Grandmothers of the four directions, All Enlightened Beings, The Mountain Guardians (Achachilas), Spirits of Sacred Places (Huacas), Ancestors (awichas), Mother earth and local guardians in order to obtain their permission and help in conducting the dance.

Around the fire we place a six pointed star, and in each point of the star we place offerings of food, flowers and spirits for the beings in each of the six worlds: the world of the Gods, demi-Gods, Humans, animals, hungry ghosts and demons, that they too may derive benefit from our efforts, and their suffering be eased. That is, we dance and work through our obstacles, obscurations and confusions in order to benefit ourselves and all of being ness.

In the center is the fire where all is one and all pollution and contamination is consumed and transformed, and wherefrom blessings ensue to guide us towards the integration of our manifold dislocated and uncoordinated energies into the one heart. When they want or need dancers kneel in front of the fire to pray and offer cedar or cornmeal or coca leaves. 

In the San Pedro Long Dance Ceremony participants in the dance consume an amount of the sacred cactus Achuma and enter the healing and cleansing process which it brings along. An incredible amount of work is done in one night, where with every step we set energy in motion and are able to transcend obstacles carried within, sometimes for entire lifetimes. 

Some of the participants enter into past life experiences in order to free themselves from their negative charge in the present. One dramatic example is of two women, who during one dance both entered into a state of great suffering and wailing, breathing very fast. This lasted for a long time until they where able to relax and rest in peace. As they told us afterwards, they where seeing a life where they where both burnt unjustly at the stake, accused of witchcraft. Subsequently they entered a state where they saw themselves dying and giving birth simultaneously. It was a rebirthing experience that freed them from the past and allowed them a free start in this life. Another woman completely lost her sense of self into a seeming chaos, only to find herself back in full consciousness, only this time in onneness with the Great Spirit, feeling the perfection of it all and herself in harmony with all of creation.

No matter how intense the process during the ceremony is, by the time we come around to finishing the ceremony, everybody is safely brought back to themselves, only free of some of their burdens, full of insight and blessings, and ready to enter back into their lives with renewed energy, vision and insight.

To help in this work the shaman blesses each dancer with the sacred smoke at key places in their bodies, helping to expell anr remaining negativities attached to the dancers, blessings the energy pathways of the body, and closing the chakras so that dancers can safely reenter the world.

We finally close with a burnt offering ceremony giving thanks to all the beings who participated with us in the dance and helped us to send out and bring in the blessings so that all of beingness may be blessed by the efforts of the participants and our lives be beautiful and honorable from here on!

After the dance a sweat lodge ceremony is often times honored making sure that all who have come to the dance are clean, purified, and newly born into their transformed selves. After the sweat a feast is had in celebration and nurturance of the newly formed dancers, strengthening body and community for the work that is to come integrating the power of the dance in to each others lives until next years dance. Dancers are blessed and carry their blessings out into the world. 

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Miguel is a Master ceremonialist: innovative as well as grounded in the spirit of the long-dance (contact info blocked) a balanced, life changing experience

What's Included

  • Meditation sessions, Sweat-Lodge ceremony, Banner Painting session, all meals, lodging in common dorm, pre and post talking-circles.

What's Not Included

transportation to and from the site

Venue Highlights

Boutique Eco Resort “Allkamari” is ideal for a retreat.. Its location near the city of La Paz, the exceptional beauty of its landscape, exquisite design of its infrastructure, the tranquility and silence of its surroundings and the powerful energies of the land make any occasion a special one.
Our buildings are finely designed and elaborated using local materials, with the goal of making them comfortable, elegant and fitting for a wonderful visit.
One of the basic concepts behind our structures is energy efficiency and conservation. The buildings made of clay in the La’kauta fashion passively store solar power, which in turn is used to heat our rooms and spaces at night.
The Palca Canyon, "el Valle de Las Ánimas" and the Laguna de Las Ánimas, are considered natural monuments by the department of La Paz and therefore there is an effort to protect their geological formations, flora, and fauna.
Boutique Eco Resort “Allkamari” is an experience you won’t want to miss. The beauty, magic and mysticism of our place will ensure you have a peaceful, comfortable and life transforming stay.

Accommodations

For a private double for the three days 50 usa per person extra with double occupancy or 100 usd extra with single occupancy

Directions

45 minutes from downtown la Paz, just far enough to be quite and peaceful, yet close enough for all the modern conveniences.
Nestled between sacred mountains and the Valley and Lagoon of the Souls, this is a unique spot that aymarás every year come to offer burn-offerings to propitiate good health, happiness and well being.
The map tells you how to get there.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Jana Ziman   February 04, 2020

      Allkamari December 2019

    I recognize Miguel Kavlin as a great soul, by the vision he conceived, and by the fruits of his labour. He understood very early, the key principle of the Universe – the sound. He also understood the sacred geometry, and found such auspicious place as Allkamari is, near La Paz. The first building he established there, was the Peace Sound Chamber, which binds by sacred geometry to all the other sound chambers around the planet. This chamber – Kiva - serves humanity for about 35 years with powerful and wonder-filled ceremonies. Two decades later, Miguel established a sister structure for Kiva, Tibetan stupa, another sound and prayer magnifier. How thoughtful was to add a circular building for yoga, meditation and celebration, a sharp pointy “Cosmic Accupuncture” statue on the view point, surrounded by a cactus garden, and to host the Sun and Moon Dance on the sacred grounds around the Tree of Life. The whole center is tastefully aligned with Pachamama’s elements, and even when staying indoors, the eco cottages make one feel connected to surrounded nature. This creation of Miguel, and his people, is simply delightful and reveals deep heart connection with the Spirit. Another thread, confirming Miguel’s affinity to sincere cultivation of spiritual values, is his inclination to outstanding teachings and teachers. He has the capacity to recognize a true essence, depth, and purity of teachings. This gift served him well, also in recognition of young shamans, who are now excellently working with people when he is not around. Let Divine Grace continually bless your service to this world, Miguel, and allow many more to benefit from your gifts. With gratitude and respect, Jana Ziman/Guru Bhai Kaur

  • Gustavo Orosco   December 05, 2019

      Experiencia maravillosa.

    Una experiencia maravillosa, Mi mas profundo ser me decía que que actuará con amor y sabiduria. me siento libre y en paz, Gracia maestro miguel.

  • Apolo Dos Santos   December 03, 2019

      I found myself

    It couldn't be any better, it's hard to put it in words but I really healed... Wounds that were bleeding for years, I can openly say that my experiences we're always incredible with such a powerful and loving guide I found so much true inside of me, I feel so grateful, the last time I've done the ritual felt like a year of resting so so much healing it was like resting my would mind and body inside mother Earth's heart... Like I came from thousands of war years and suddenly I find perfect peace... Perfect rest for the soul the mind...

  • Sasha Pers Osuna   November 27, 2019

      San Pedro / Ayahuasca

    Estoy muy agradecida con Miguel , ha sido un gran aporte fundamental a mi vida , este mes tuve la oportunidad de vivir la experiencia de las ceremonias de Ayahuasca , y de San Pedro! Fue una experiencia bastante linda ! Y muy pero muy sanadora! Fue un lindo despertar de consciencia! Miguel tiene un corazón enorme! Creo absolutamente que cada persona merece vivir esta gran experiencia !! Recomiendo al 100% estas ceremonias! AHO!????

  • Alisson Gamboa claros   November 27, 2019

      Ceremonia Ayahuasca

    Primeramente agradecer mucho al maestro Miguel.. quien me ayudó a liberar y sanar mediante está ceremonia espiritual, mejoro mi situación para llevar bien mi día a día... Además de recomendar a cualquier persona q necesite de esta guía para mejorar y sanar espiritualmente para asi rendir al 100% en su vida... Una experiencia única y bendita aho!

  • Ninón Gamarra   November 26, 2019

      Wachuma Ceremony

    In the Wachuma Ceremony we did in Santa Cruz, Bolivia I felt very safe and taken care of. The music Miguel played was beautiful and it was very important during my experience. When he blew on my head, I felt a beautiful expansion and I felt so could trust him. I had amazing visions and the whole experience was pleasant.

  • Jonathan Garcia   November 12, 2019

      San Pedro

    My first time with any plant medicines, i must say, its an experience you must try in your quest to get to know yourself more. Shaman Miguel was so loving and caring, the experience couldn't have been more pleasant, comfortable, and safe. its prob to me the most important aspect of it, feeling safe so you can really be in the moment and explore yourself. Miguel is full of knowledge and love. I can not wait for him to come back to Miami again!

  • Gustavo Velez   November 12, 2019

      San Pedro Ceremony

    My family and myself were part of a San Pedro ceremony under Miguel's guidance and it was a beautiful experience. Miguel's chants and prayers make you feel protected, guided and peaceful. Looking forward to next ceremony and forever grateful to Miguel and to rest of the atendees. Gracias!

  • Ingrid BT   October 19, 2019

      Ayahuasca sanacion

    Mi nombre es Ingrid Bernal quiero agradecer de ante mano la ayuda incondicional del maestro miguel gracias por darme una ceremonia en la cual me ha brindado sanación que precisaba aun me faltan mas sesiones gracias x ese amor incondicional y esa entrega devota para con la mamita y la planta sagrada lo recomiendo con el maestro tomar ceremonias agradecida infinitamente con usted gracias gracias gracias Aho!

  • Mireia   October 16, 2019

      My first ceremony with Ayahuasca

    Miguel is a maestro with decades of experience behind and you can immediately notice that in the ceremonies. Very thankful for the ceremony shared and all the work that has been done. Besides, Hotel Allkamari is a perfect retreat close to La Paz surrounded by an amazing natural landscape with espectacular views, very close to Valle de las Ánimas. Hope to have the opportunity again to be back in La Paz to repeat the experience.

  • Anna0314   October 14, 2019

      Exceptional Spiritual Guide

    Sacha Runa is a special community led by Miguel Kavlin. On many occasions my husband and I participated in events at Allkamari, a ceremonial space and beautiful boutique hotel located in a valley near La Paz with a spectacular view of the mountain Illimani and surrounding valleys. All experiences with Miguel have been exceptional, healing and life changing -- marking a before and after. He is highly skilled and brings wisdom from his decades of training with great masters from diverse lineages including Andean shamanism, North American Native American traditions, Tibetan Buddism and Sikhism. You will not be disappointed.

  • Marcus Tan   September 04, 2019

      Aya experience

    I had the pleasure of going through a plant medicine ceremony with Miguel. His demeanour and aura immediately set not only me, but the rest of the participants at ease. He guided us through 5 hours of the ceremony, singing the Icaros for hours without stopping. He consecrated a direct experience with the divine. I had a direct conversation with passed over loved ones. I left the ceremony with healed emotional wounds and having no fears. I am forever grateful to Miguel and the ceremony

  • Juan Macome   March 22, 2015

      Metamorphosis, the Place

    This is the place that has witnessed my deepest transformations - the shedding of my heaviest veils. Its structure is ideal for staying one day, a week, or a moth (which I've done twice now, during the Shamanic Retreat of january/february 2014 & 2015). Within its limits the strangest society is formed, an ipso-facto family of deep seekers, great masters, yogic enthusiasts, lecturers, retreat groups, tourists keen on the beautiful surrounding landscape and passers-by that maybe come with their families for a mid-day culinary moment. However, each group has their special place, and Allkamari's design knows how importantly space and motive are intertwined. The Kiva - a north-american native temple, built on the blessing of Beautiful Painted Arrow - is the place where ceremonies are confined, leaving both the healing and the enjoying (although sometimes they may collide within ceremonies!) their ground of being. Its resort infrastructure is well above most hotels in La Paz, leaving not only tourists, but tired pilgrims of the plants also, deeply thankful of its services. The crew working for your full satisfaction is quite friendly, having built on Allkamari not only a career, but a kind of family. From the cooks to the shamans, everyone has your well-being at heart, so that the food is also healthy and natural, flowing effortlessly in the energy stream that Allkamari musters to call its own, possibly being the perfect prism for the soul of the Valle de las Ánimas.

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